Tox Tuesday: W-18 and the war on opiates

Alarmed by the rising death toll from prescription painkillers and frustrated by a lack of federal action, some state lawmakers are beginning to take matters into their own hands by forming legislation that could change how prescription painkillers are prescribed in their states.

At the same time, however, a new opioid designer drug, known as […]

Monday links

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Animal Science

Vesicular stomatitis appearing in western states – Drovers Cattle Network Veterinarians and producers in western states should be on the lookout for signs of vesicular stomatitis (VS), which has been […]

Tox Tuesday: Virginia’s synthetic drug and heroin problem

Spreading like wildfire from state to state, officials from Virginia are the latest to report an uptick in use of synthetic drugs including synthetic marijuana and other synthetic stimulants like bath salts and gravel. Gravel, also called flakka, has appeared in the state previously, but according to a recent article, is rearing its ugly head […]

Tox Tuesday: Drug abuse in Hawaii

In one word, “paradise” is often the perception that comes from the island nation of Hawaii. Along with beautiful white sandy beaches, tropical flowers, and day after day of perfect surfing conditions, however, Hawaii and its residents have similar concerns regarding the rise in drug abuse their state faces just like others area of the […]

Tox Tuesday: The rise in Ohio’s heroin related issues

Over the course of the past 15 years, the state of Ohio has seen fatal heroin overdoses rise approximately 366%, according to a 2014 report published by the Ohio Department of Health. While this number may seem shocking, other states are recording similar, although not as drastic statistics.

Based on this extreme increase, some researchers […]